“Leaders of political parties have no control over their parliamentarians,” Union Minister V. Narayanasamy said on Wednesday hours after his own party MPs led the disruptions in the Lok Sabha over Telangana.
“By coming to the Well of the House, shouting slogans, not allowing the House to function, the leaders of the political parties have lost control over their MPs. It is unfortunate,” Mr. Narayanasamy told reporters outside the Parliament House.
When pointed out that his party MPs were also part of the groups protesting in the Well of the House on the Telangana issue, Mr. Narayanasamy said, “I am talking in general terms“.
He said Parliament is the forum to discuss any issue concerning the people of the country.
“There is a rule, they can give notice... anything they can raise in the House,” he said hours after both the Houses saw noisy scenes on the issue of Telangana.
MPs from Telangana as well as Seemandhra regions - cutting across party lines - stormed the Well. Those protesting included members from ruling Congress.
He lamented that two anti-corruption measures — Right to Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of Grievances Bill and Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill — were listed in the Lower House on Wednesday for passage but could not taken up as the MPs disrupted the proceedings.
“These bills have been stalled in Parliament. And the opposition blame us after stalling the bill,” he said.